Time Management: 13 Habits that Make My Life Run More Productively

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #114 One of the most popular requests from readers for topics to discuss here on TSLL blog and the podcast is time management, especially my approach to time management.  And while I do not profess to have figured it out, as I am regularly tweaking it and the onset of unnecessary […]

15 Everyday Habits to Live a Life of Contentment

“The best way to conquer self-doubt is to follow your dream and work your ‘bass’ off.” – CBS Sunday Morning speaking of musician Meghan Trainor ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #93 The highs in life that we each experience from landing the job we’ve been coveting for years, celebrating a hard-earned diploma, signing the papers on […]

15 Habits for Timeless Style

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #69 Seeing effortless style in-person can be quite powerful, and part of the impactful punch is how the person carries themselves in the clothes they wear. In mere minutes it is evident if the clothes are wearing the person or visa versa. Having the opportunity to have worked and currently work […]

17 Habits to Become More Charismatic

“A knife can be used both to heal and to hurt. Whether in the hands of a surgeon or the hands of a criminal it’s the same instrument. Tools are seldom good or bad per se. It’s what you do with your charisma that matters.” -Olivia Fox Cabane, The Charisma Myth The Simple Sophisticate, episode […]

4 Healthy Habits for Continual Self-Growth

~The Simple Sophisticate podcast, episode #17 One of the popular maxims when it comes to life advice is that lessons repeat themselves until they are learned. And while I’ve heard this before, I always felt there was a negative tone to the reappearance of a life lesson that we had experienced before. As if to […]

11 Tips to Cultivate Good Habits

 “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” –Aristotle With all of the bits and pieces of information we have to remember on a daily basis, relying on habits that require our minds to “just go with it” is a relief – that is of course if the […]

Financial Food For Thought – 5 Good Habits

{A simply luxurious life, while full of the concept less is more, luxuriates in the decadence of high quality, complementary style and an appreciation for the beauty that surrounds us in decor, fashion, nature and people themselves. One does not need to maintain a balance in the bank that one might associate with a millionaire, […]

This & That: July 14, 2017

Books —Body Love: Live in Balance, Weigh What You Want, and Free Yourself from Food Drama Forever by Kelly LeVeque Released last month, celebrity health and wellness consultant Kelly LeVeque shares specific approaches along with 88 recipes to become more attuned with your body and improve your overall health. With clients such as Molly Sims, Jessica Alba, […]

10 Tips to Evolve Into Your Signature Style

Our signature style is quite personal as it reveals to the world multiple layers of information about who we are, what we value, what frustrates us, what we are confident about, and I believe what we understand about ourselves physically. Over the past two years, my attention to my own personal signature style has shifted […]

This & That: July 7, 2017

Book —Wine All the Time by Marissa A. Ross Released this past June (27th), the official wine columnist of Bon Appétit magazine shares an accessible book about wine and the culture of France’s drink of choice. Discover how to find the best wine on your budget, accurately describe what you are tasting thereby being able […]

162: From Seeking Happiness to Cultivating Contentment: A Shift in Pursuit

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #162 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “Focusing on happiness as our ultimate goal is self-defeating; being in a constant state of happiness is, simply put, impossible.”—Paul Hudson Place the word happiness on the cover of a self-help book and it will sell more times than it won’t (Amazon has over 40,000 book […]

This & That: June 30, 2017

Books —Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm & Happiness by Rick Hanson Whether we want to believe it or not, it is true: our brains are hard-wired to be pessimistic. Why? Survival. However, acclaimed clinical psychologist Rick Hanson offers ways to override this default setting. Mastering one’s mind takes work, and the key […]

The Butterfly Moment in Life: Don’t Wait, Just Live Well

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #160 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “‘How does one become a butterfly?’ she asked pensively. You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”  —Trina Paulus In a blink of an eye, in an unexpected, ordinary moment, the unimaginable can materialize before our eyes. […]

18 Ways to Define Your Classic Style in Life and within your Closet

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #159 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “Style trickles into everything you do, who you are, and who and what you attract in life. Whittle down your style to what matters and project what’s meaningful to the world: Be the lighthouse. Be honest. Be real.” —Kate Schelter Settling on a style that is […]

Mindful Eating = A Life of Pleasure without Punishment

~Panko encrusted King Salmon with French lentils, paired with a French viognier, find the recipe for both here~ As talked about at the beginning of the year, the focus of 2017 is how to welcome more quality into our everyday lives, thereby eliminating or reducing the habits that do not serve us well. The past […]

This & That: March 31, 2017

Books —300 Arguments: Essays by Sarah Manguso If you’re looking for inspiration about life, released in February, essayist Sarah Manguso shares her 300 aphorisms on the topics of desire, ambition, relationships, and failure. Take a peek at the samplings here. After reading them, perhaps you’ll get a chuckle, perhaps you’ll lift an eyebrow and perhaps you’ll want […]

Why Not . . . Celebrate a New Year with Spring’s Arrival?

“Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree with leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its gay attire.” -Virgil When spring arrives, it is custom to not only celebrate the arrival of the new season but the commencement of the Iranian or Persian new year known as Nowruz. […]

This & That: March 17, 2017

Book —The Idiot by Elif Batuman Elif Batuman’s new novel The Idiot is receiving ubiquitous praise from critics for offering the journey of a young woman beginning into adulthood. Set in 1995, Selin arrives at Harvard, the daughter of Turkish immigrant parents and as she enters her first summer after college, she goes abroad to […]

Why Not . . . Let Go?: 27 Things to Bid Adieu

“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.”– Raymond Lindquist I can remember quite vividly the first time I rode my bike without training wheels. I was four or five years old, and we were bicycling in our neighbors long drive-way. I don’t remember how long I rode with training wheels, but the […]

Why Not . . . Celebrate Valentine’s Day All Year?

“For true love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have. And if you go to draw at the true fountainhead, the more water you draw, the more abundant is its flow.” —Antoine de Saint-Exupery Let me begin by saying, I am not someone who completely dismisses Valentine’s Day. A day to celebrate […]

Emotional Intelligence: A Crucial Tool for Enhanced Quality in Work and Life

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #140 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “Life circumstances have little to do with happiness because much happiness is under your control — the product of your habits and your outlook on life. Happiness is synthetic — you either create it, or you don’t.” —Life Altering Awareness The uncertainties in life are vast. […]

Why Not . . . Create a To Be List?

“Your ultimate goal in life is to become your best self. Your immediate goal is to get on the path that will lead you there.” —David Viscott, M.D. A To-Do list is something most of us are familiar with. We have them, we love checking items off of them, and I even sell them. And […]

An Everyday Necessity: Deliberate Rest

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #139 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “When we take the right to rest, when we make rest fulfilling, and when we practice rest through our days and years, we also make our lives richer and more fulfilling.” —Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, author of Rest: Why You Get More Done when You Work Less […]

This & That: January 20, 2017

Books —Buddha’s Diet: The Ancient Art of Losing Weight Without Losing Your Mind by Tara Cottrell & Dan Zigmond Last week I was tuning into the latest episode of The Splendid Table and discovered that the co-author of Buddha’s Diet was a guest. One of the major premises of the book is to give yourself […]